Dec. 1, 2010
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BOSTON (AP) -Reggie Jackson scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists to lift Boston College to an 88-76 win over Indiana on Wednesday in an Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge matchup.
The victory improved the Eagles (5-2) to 5-0 against the Big Ten since joining the ACC. The Eagles are the only unbeaten school in the series of either conference.
Indiana (6-1) was off to its best start under coach Tom Crean.
Biko Paris tied his career high with 19 points for BC and Corey Raji had nine points and six rebounds.
Christian Watford led the Hoosiers with 23 points, one shy of his career high. Maurice Creek had 15 and Verdell Jones added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Eagles, who never trailed and were tied just twice in the opening minutes of the game, led 43-29 at halftime.
The Hoosiers erased a good portion of a 14-point halftime deficit in the opening 90 seconds of the second half by scoring the initial eight points. They had closed it to 60-59 before BC got hot from beyond the 3-point line. Five of the Eagles' first nine baskets in the second half were 3s.
"We weren't physical enough and we didn't guard the dribble," said IU head coach Tom Crean. "In the second half we played with a greater sense of urgency but the story of the game was allowing them to get 21 second chance points. If we block out and rebound that's going to improve our chances."
Paris' two free throws gave BC a 53-43 lead before Indiana scored nine of the next 12 points, closing it to 56-52 on Victor Oladipo's fastbreak jam with just over 11 minutes to play.
After Jackson nailed a 3 for BC, the Hoosiers outscored the Eagles 8-1 to cut it to 60-59 on Jordan Hulls' jumper from the top of the key with 7 1/2 minutes left.
Danny Rubin then sandwiched a pair of 3s around one by Paris during an 15-5 spree as the Eagles moved ahead 75-64 with over under three minutes to play. After the 3s, Jackson had a pair of driving baskets and Paris a cutting layup.
In the first half, Boston College scored nine unanswered points midway into the game en route to a 23-10 edge. Paris keyed the spree with a 3 from the left corner.
The Eagles used a quick pace to set up their offense for a number of quality shots along with a tough man defense in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 51.6 percent and forcing the Hoosiers into seven turnovers. BC only had two.
Indiana fell to 3-7 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games.
It was just the fourth meeting ever between the schools. BC owns a 3-1 edge.